Shamkir Chess 4-5: Topalov and Carlsen strike

Veselin Topalov is the sole leader of the Gashimov Memorial on the first rest day after he brought an end to the draw curse by scoring consecutive wins over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and David Navara. He now has to look over his shoulder, though, since Magnus Carlsen is also off the mark. Both the World Champion’s choice of opening and the way he played the game to beat Radek Wojtaszek in Round 5 was a silent tribute to Vugar Gashimov.

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